Review: The Benedict Option
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Mankind has gone through three main stages of the political organization since Day One, say 200,000 years ago, when anatomically modern men appeared. We can call them Tribes, Kingdoms, and Nation-States.
In prehistoric times, the largest political/economic group was the tribe. Since men are social creatures, it was natural enough to be loyal to the tribe. It made sense. Almost everyone in the tribe was genetically related, and the group was essential for mutual survival in the wilderness. The local group was all that counted. “Others” from alien tribes, were not only in competition for scarce resources, but they might want to kill you for good measure. Tribalism is probably genetic—it’s a survival mechanism. Patriotism for your tribe also served a survival purpose, because you were always fighting with the neighboring tribes. You wanted your co-tribalists to be loyal and patriotic…
In the Kingdom phase, from around 3,000 B.C. to roughly the mid-1600s, the world’s cultures were organized under strong men, ranging from petty lords to kings and emperors. With kingdoms, loyalties weren’t so much to the “country”—a nebulous and arbitrary concept—but to the ruler. You were the subject of a king, first and foremost. Your linguistic, ethnic, religious, and other affiliations were secondary. Tribal leaders who were good warriors conquered neighboring tribes and set themselves up as kings.
Then came the nation-state, one of the mankind’s worst inventions.
Today’s prevailing norm is the nation-state, a group of people who tend to share a language, religion, and ethnicity. Like a gigantic tribe. The idea of the nation-state is especially effective when it’s organized as a “democracy,” where the average person is given the illusion he has some measure of control over where the leviathan is headed.
I think, however, that the nation-state is approaching its end game. What will replace it? I think Neal Stephenson was right in his superb novel The Diamond Age, where he put forward the idea of “phyles.” It no longer makes sense to be loyal to a group just because they have the same government ID that you do, or because they were born in the same bailiwick. I don’t feel any particular loyalty to the people living down the road in the trailer park, or in the barrio, or the ghetto, or the next town. As a matter of fact, they’re likely adversaries and liabilities. We’ve got little in common.
I feel more loyalty to people with whom I share values—and they could as easily be in France, or Burma, or the Congo as the U.S. Now, with the internet, modern telecommunications, and jet travel, we can find each other. Birds of a feather will wind up forming phyles, obviating the nation-state.
What will the frightened half-adults do when they leave their safe spaces and enter a society where there is no one to offer them hot chocolate during their tantrums? Christ formed his disciples in a more practical way: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt.10:16). We are here today because those disciples did as they were told, and were not shrewd as doves and innocent as snakes. It is not racist, or any other unchristian form of phobia, to recall that the Apostles are Dead White Guys. If that was a liability, they managed well. Their Master, who wills that none be lost and that all be saved, was a Dead White Guy for just three days. That haunts those huddled in safe spaces and hallows all who court danger to follow him.
However in saying that, I can see a situation where a certain percentage of East Asians can remain in Western countries. They are education focused, productive and low crime etc. However they need to recognise some things and recognise them fast.
1) Recognise Western countries are white countries and become very vocal and supportive of White culture and keeping Western countries White. Become an ally of the developing White identity.
2) Become more Western, try to fit into our culture and values. Generally better than any other immigrants but a key would be becoming Christian and changing their mindset from a Shame based culture to a Guilt based culture.
3) Do not act economically clannish, dodgy or create negative economic outcomes for Whites. Unaffordable housing is a key issue in this regard. Do not try to take advantage of our welfare system for you elderly retired parents that are immigrating with you. From my interactions with East Asians that think like this, they actually boast about this thinking Whites are too stupid to realise. We are not! The vast majority of us realise what is going on, but we are to polite to raise it, though not for much longer.
4) If they are Chinese do not act like the vanguard of China. We don't need recent immigrants of Chinese background waving Chinese flags on streets and attacking their new country's political policies on various international or even sporting issues. If your loyalty is to another country you do not belong as immigrants to ours.
Basically most East Asians I know in the UK, Canada and the USA vote left and huff and puff about social justice. From my interactions, East Asian's in Australia are generally much more conservative, and once they realise the growing ire of White majority will quickly fall in line behind them. Not sure about the UK, Canada and the USA.